August 17, 2008

Royal Hosts Bourne World Premiere

Dance master Matthew Bourne launched his world premiere of his new production - Dorian Gray - in Plymouth last night.

This is Bourne's first new production in three years and sees Oscar Wilde's gothic fable transformed into a darkly seductive dance theatre by the acclaimed choreographer and artistic director.

Best known for his adaptations of classics - Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Play Without Words, Bourne now turns his vibrant imagination to this cautionary tale based on the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Set in the image-obsessed worlds of contemporary art and politics, this dark fairy tale tells the story of an exceptionally alluring young man who makes a pact with the devil. Among London's beautiful people, Dorian Gray is the 'It Boy' - an icon of beauty and truth in an increasingly ugly world.

Themes follow the destructive power of beauty; the blind pursuit of pleasure; and the darkness and corruption that lie beneath the charming facade.

The cast includes New Adventures' popular lead dancers Richard Winsor, who played Edward in Edward Scissorhands and Angelo in The Car Man, in the title role; Michela Meazza, who played Lana in The Car Man and Joyce in Edward Scissorhands; and Aaron Sillis, who previously played the Car Man.

Dorian Gray reunites the team who created the double Olivier Award-winning hit Play Without Words - designer Lez Brotherston, composer Terry Davies and lighting designer Paule Constable.

Bourne's company, New Adventures, is at the forefront of dance in the UK, having created an enormous new audience for dance with a series of highly popular productions within the last few years.

As always, expect the unexpected with Bourne's trademark wit thrown into the melting pot.

Dorian Gray runs at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until tomorrow night and is recommended for ages 14 and over.

For ticket inquiries contact the theatre box office on 01752 267222 or visit

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